Following weeks of searching, and scores of entrants, joiner Adam Contoret’s whistling performance captivated judges at the TradePoint Whistle While You Work final in Erdington this week.
Adam was one of five finalists who had whistled their way through the regional heats to reach the competition’s climax today. In front of celebrity judges Craig Phillips and David Morris, a World Champion Whistler, each finalist pursed their lips and showed off their skills by picking their favourite tune to whistle, as well as their best wolf whistle.
Each finalist was marked in six categories for the tune of their choice; volume, range, creativity, etiquette, tunefulness and of course their wolf whistle. After a short deliberation between judges, Adam was awarded the first prize of £1,000 and crowned Britain’s best whistling builder for his performance of Over the Rainbow. Handyman John Keilaus from Chester came second for his rendition of Bring me Sunshine, and paving specialist Warren Stephens from Wednesbury came third after a patriotic performance of the National Anthem.
Adam, from Stoke-on-Trent said; “I’m always whistling away at work, sometimes it drives the boys a bit mad, but I never thought it would ever get me anywhere. I’m completely in shock. It’s fantastic to win and I’m looking forward to spending the money, £1,000 isn’t bad for a morning’s whistling is it?”
David Morris, The World’s Best Whistler said; “The finalists were all brilliant and the standard was really high here today. I think my title of World Champion might be in contention after seeing these talented builders.”
Craig Phillips, celebrity builder added, “I’ve also realised today that I can actually whistle so perhaps I’ll be entering myself next year.”
Ian Herrett, Trade Director also said; “Builders are famous for their whistling, and we’ve had fun with this campaign letting them show off their skills. With the World Cup around the corner we’re expecting our nation’s builders will be whistling for England for the next few weeks.”
TradePoint is a new trade offer from Kingfisher UK, which also owns B&Q, and is opening 118 new stores this summer, from a capital investment of around £26 million. It is specifically designed for trade customers, with over 12,000 products from bricks and blocks, to paint, bathroom and kitchens, plumbing, electrical, tools and fixings. TradePoint is open seven days a week, up to 14 hours a day with guaranteed stock availability, fast service and open and honest pricing from trusted trade brands. Customers will also find separate parking with extra wide bays for vans at the new store. Heavy goods can be picked from the building yard, and over the counter products will be picked and ready for collection in seven minutes.
All prices at TradePoint are shown exclusive of VAT unlike many builders’ merchants. Proof of working in the trade is required in order to collect your new TradePoint membership card, which should be shown when placing any orders and paying for goods.